Elsa Dorfman, for decades one of the most visible advocates of the Polaroid 20×24 Camera has died at age 83. Elsa began working with the 20×24 in 1980 when Polaroid sponsored her to use the camera to photograph the beat poet Allen Ginsberg. This session led to many more and Elsa soon offered her signature style of 20×24 portraiture, unposed and unretouched. Generations of families and Cambridge, MA notables would pose for her camera on a simple white background rendered in full length. Dorfman played a huge role in saving the 20×24 project in 2008, bringing together a small team of former Polaroid employees with an investor to continue 20×24 beyond the life of Polaroid Corporation. Over ten years later we celebrate the life and work of a one of a kind original, Elsa Dorfman.
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